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Tai Poutini Polytechnic has received
the Government funding it budgeted
for after reaching its enrolment and
revenue quotas for 2013, but it still faces a
challenging nancial environment for the
Chief executive Allan Sargison said
at a council meeting yesterday that the
Tertiary Education Commission had
con rmed $18,659,000 in funding for the
polytechnic's investment plan for 2014,
with no special conditions.
However, there was still work to be done
adjusting the enrolment numbers and
expenses, Mr Sargison said.
"We can feel quite happy. I think
we've done quite well. It's just a step on
Late last year, the Greymouth-based
polytechnic was struggling to make up a
budget shortfall caused by a lag in industry
training enrolments. ey had expected
712 enrolments in industry training at
level 3 or higher, but only reached 539 by
the end of the year.
Despite that, initial data for 2013 shows
Tai Poutini Polytechnic brought in 101%
of its budgeted revenue, at $18,311,000.
It had 146 full-time equivalent
enrolments for all level 1-2 courses in
2013, 92% of its budgeted numbers. For
level 3 it has 1817 enrolments nationwide,
104% of budget.
Polytechnic council chairman Graeme
McNally said the numbers were
encouraging, but the situation was complex
and they were waiting for additional data
to determine the nancial stability.
"I think we won't do as well nancially
as we budgeted for, because the student
mix has changed and we had some one-
o expenditures for strengthening the
polytech that we hadn't anticipated."
He said that while enrolments had not
delivered the higher level of student fees
they had anticipated, the signi cantly
higher numbers on the West Coast,
currently 46% of total enrolments, showed
Tai Poutini Polytechnic was gaining in
relevance for the region.
e Coast polytechnic also did better
than expected in terms of government
priorities such as the Youth Guarantee
programme, which provides free vocational
training to 16-17-year-olds.
"It won't be as good as we'd like it to be,
but we see it as part of a three to ve-year
rebuilding of the polytechnic."
Polytechnic faces challenging year
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Staff of the West Coast
DHB pay tribute to, and
mourn the loss of
Wendy Desma Hawkins.
A nurse who was an
inspiration, role model,
teacher and friend to
many. Her courageous
battle with ill health was
fought with grace and
dignity. She will be
sadly missed by all who
had the privilege to
work alongside her. We
send our condolences to
Brian, Al and Nocte and
her extended family.
of the Westport News
e longest-ser ving nurse on the
current sta at Buller Hospital has
Nancy O'Dea, 71, began working as
a nurse aide at the hospital in 1958, at
the age of 16. She graduated in 1963,
then had 16 years o (apart from
some stints at Kynnersley Home) to
have her four sons.
She became the hospital's afternoon
charge nurse in 1979, a role she has
had ever since. She was also Buller
mayoress for 21 years --- her husband
Pat was the longest-serving mayor in
Mrs O'Dea nished work on
Saturday. Retiring had been a huge
decision, she said.
"It's with great regret I've given up,
but I'm getting on. I need to spend
some time with my family."
She recalls when Buller Hospital
did a wide range of procedures.
Surgeons performed major
operations, including bone and eye
surgery. As an undergraduate nurse,
she was bundled into theatre to assist
in a bowel operation.
"You just had to do it, and you got
on and you did it ...
"I've seen it (the hospital) go from
a nursing school, and we used to
operate three days a week ... down to
what it is now."
She had also seen several ' rsts' at the
hospital, including a baby receiving a
complete blood transfusion.
She remembers the upheaval
following the Inangahua earthquake.
Foote Ward had to be evacuated.
Patients were relocated to Dunsford
Ward, the nurses home (now the
Westport Deep Sea Fishing School
hostel), and the old maternity home
where Club Buller is now.
"We worked like that for quite a
few months while they built a new
She believes she nearly lost her job
after she spearheaded sta protests
about a doctor who they believed was
not properly quali ed. e doctor
later left the West Coast for another
position, but lost that job also.
"I'm glad I stuck up for what I
thought was right."
e responsibilities of nurses had
increased since the hospital lost its
permanent medical superintendent,
As afternoon charge nurse, she was
supposed to nish work at 11.30pm.
However, she was seldom home
before midnight and nishing at 3am
or 4am was not uncommon.
She declined to comment on
plans to replace the hospital with
an integrated family health centre.
However, she believes things are
"settling down" on the doctor front,
with more permanent GPs in place.
In retirement, she planned to "enjoy
"Enjoy my grandkids and my own
kids. Just do my own thing for a little
while --- do my garden, things that
have got me down."
She has ve grandchildren, with
another on the way. "I just adore
see them do things."
What would she miss most about
" e people. I loved the people, the
stimulation, I loved it all...it was my
Sta had presented her with a
"fantastic" album recording her
career, she said.
Nancy O'Dea retired last weekend
after 35 years as afternoon charge
nurse at Buller Hospital, in
Long-serving Buller nurse retires
Auckland band Bond Street Bridge
will perform in Blackball next week,
bringing with them songs of jealous
gods, maimed seadogs and lost loves.
e past year has seen Bond Street
perform over 100 shows on the road,
playing everywhere from arts festivals,
museums and art galleries, to opera
houses and theatres all over New
Last year they won the award for 'best
music' at the 2013 New Zealand Fringe
With a new year comes a new show
for Bond Street Bridge in a Summer
rowdown Tour, hitting Formerly the
Blackball Hilton, on February 7.
e band says it has been preparing
new material and plundering folk-song
archives to breathe new life into old
singalongs and shanties, unearthing
hair-raising stories and rousing
"Expect the devil, expect jealous gods
and queens of the underworld, maimed
seadogs and lost loves, the darkness
at the edge of town and the light of
a spiteful moon, vocal harmonies,
stomping feet and jangling guitars,"
founding member Sam Prebble says.
Bond Street Bridge have been regular
visitors to the West Coast and last
year performed at the Barrytown Hall,
Hokitika Museum and Donovan's
Store in Okarito.
"We love playing on the Coast,"
"People round here seem to get what
we're doing. We always end up hearing
great stories when we come down here
and we usually go home with a few
new songs in the bag."
PICTURE: Emily Carter
Bond Street Bridge members Nina McSweeney, left, Sam Prebble and
Brendan Turner bring their Summer rowdown Tour to Blackball.
Auckland band for Blackball
of the Hokitika Guardian
Artists planning a Hokitika
exhibition highlighting the
proposed Waitaha River hydro
power scheme were asked to meet
the Westland District Council
chief executive before being given
the green light.
'Westland Milk Power' is on
this week at the Carnegie Gallery
and incorporates 12 pieces by six
West Coast artists highlighting
the environmental impact of the
proposed Westpower scheme.
e provocative name also alludes
to the role of the dairy industry in
driving demand for more locally
Exhibition spokesman Rory
McDougall said he had been
"summonsed" by Westland District
Council chief executive Tanya
Winter to explain the content of
"I was summonsed ... that's never
happened before," Mr McDougall
Having the exhibition scrutinised
was "sort of annoying," given the
slew of public relations material
he said was likely to come for the
proposed power scheme, "but this is
In the end, the council boss
approved the display.
Mr McDougall, a sculptor based
at Lake Kaniere, said the exhibition
came together fairly quickly after
the gallery unexpectedly o ered
space for this week.
It used artistry to highlight
the environmental impact of the
proposed hydro scheme, including
the fact existing West Coast power
generators, such as the mothballed
expansion of the existing Arnold
River power station, could
already generate enough to meet
Asked to explain how the
exhibition might o end anyone,
Mr McDougall said people
should be o ended by the e ect
of the proposed scheme on the
environment, including the "vast
slot" spectacle of Morgan's Gorge,
in the upper Waitaha River.
Meanwhile, Ms Winter said
while it was true she had asked for
a meeting with Mr McDougall, he
had not been "called in".
It was a ' rst' for Hokitika
but "normal practice" for the
chief executive to vet "potential
controversy" in a ratepayer funded
public space, "and I've used it at
Carnegie Gallery director
Julia Bradshaw sought the chief
executive's advice about potential
controversy before the meeting.
Ms Winter said the council had a
policy and in the end the exhibition
was " ne".
e council walked the line
between what "could be perceived
as o ensive" and what contributed
to public discussion, she said.
Artist Rory McDougall with his
kayak power cable installation at
the Carnegie Gallery.
asked over Waitaha
hydro art exhibition
A stock truck driver was ordered in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday
to pay a woman injured by his careless
driving $1000 for emotional harm.
Dylan John Pupich, 25, of Atarau,
was also disquali ed from driving for
six months after he admitted a charge
of careless driving causing injury. Judge
Noel Walsh stood the case down to
give Pupich a chance to write a letter
of apology to the woman before passing
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
Pupich had been turning right at a
t-section on the main highway in
Lawrence when the rear of his truck,
which was also towing a trailer, was
struck by an oncoming car.
Pupich was wary of the heavy fog,
with visibility about 50m, had the fog
lights on and had slowed right up before
making the turn. He could not see any
other vehicles ahead and was halfway
through the turn when the car suddenly
emerged from the gloom.
A passenger in the car su ered a
smashed heel in the collision, the bone
pushed back into her ankle.
Defence lawyer Richard Bodle said
the only way Pupich could have been
more careful would have been to stop
altogether before turning but, given
the conditions, that would not have
prevented the accident.
Judge Walsh accepted that Pupich's
carelessness had been at the lower end
of the scale but said his victim required
surgery, had to stay o her feet for three
months, might have a permanent limp,
and that she deserved compensation.
e 38-year-old woman, a solo mum
with two children, said in her victim
impact report: "I am very frustrated.
is has had a huge impact on me and is
likely to for some substantial time. I have
not found it easy to deal with."
Pupich must pay the $1000 to the
court by tomorrow.
Truck driver ordered to pay
injured woman reparation
A Hokitika man who rst tried to ee
from police in his vehicle and then took
o on foot, was sentenced to 60 hours'
community work when he appeared
in the Greymouth District Court
Jordan Graham Bower, 20, admitted
charges of driving while disquali ed and
failing to stop.
e court heard that Greymouth police,
recognising Bower as a disquali ed
driver, tried to stop his car on the Cobden
Bridge on January 2. Bower drove o at
speed, nearly losing control of his car,
which veered on to the wrong side of the
road as it turned into Cobden.
He was followed along Bright Street
and turned into Sturge Street, where
Bower stopped his car and ran o . When
police caught him soon after he said he
had simply wanted to get the car home
because he did not want it impounded.
He had a space-saver tyre on a rear wheel,
which caused the car to move into the
oncoming lane as he exited the bridge.
Judge Noel Walsh also disquali ed
Bower from driving for six months and
ordered the con scation of his car.
Disqualified driver tried
to flee from police
A woman's objection to paying a $2
eftpos surcharge for a taxi ride resulted
in a $1200 reparation order in the
Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.
Emily Jane Dredge, 23, a recent arrival
on the West Coast, was sharing a Nelson
City taxi van with several others when
she was asked by the female driver to pay
a $10 fare.
She opted to pay with a bankcard and
when told that transaction would cost an
extra $2 she became incensed, gabbing
the eftpos machine and wrenching
it o its mountings. She then tossed
everything loose that she could reach,
out the window of the cab.
Judge Noel Walsh said the incident did
Dredge little credit.
"Taxi drivers are very vulnerable,
often carrying strangers that they know
nothing about," the judge said.
"Put yourself in the shoes of a female
taxi driver with a van full and someone
acting like you. You were boozed and
you were stroppy."
He sentenced Dredge to six months'
supervision, including an alcohol
assessment, and ordered her to pay the
$1200 it cost for repairs to the eftpos
Woman tosses things
out of taxi window
An Auckland couple announced
their recent arrival on the West Coast
by stealing three dozen eggs from a
roadside stall, the Greymouth District
Court heard Tuesday.
Billy-Joe Kevin Moss, 28, and Sarah
Natalie Ruth Briggs, 27, now farmhands
at Whataroa, were each ordered to
come up for sentence if called within 12
months on condition that they each pay
$100 towards the cost of prosecution.
On December, 31, Moss pulled up at
a stall just out of Ross, allowing Briggs
to get out and grab the eggs before the
pair drove o without paying the $15
Reparation was not sought because
police recovered the eggs and returned
them to the stall soon after.
Judge Noel Walsh said the stallholder
was not concerned about the nancial
loss, but said it was a matter of
principle. People who took things from
an honesty box without paying showed
a lack of respect for the owner.
e judge noted that Moss had a
previous conviction for dishonesty but
Briggs did not.
Couple stole eggs from roadside stall
A woman who was
trying to stay clear
of pursuing police on
December 20, obeyed
every other rule of the
road, the Greymouth
District Court was told
Jade Maria Morgan,
21, was convicted and
ordered to come up
for sentence if called
within six months after
she admitted charges of
driving while forbidden
and failing to stop for
Morgan as a suspended
driver and tried to get
her to stop as she drove
through Cobden, but
she ignored the siren
and ashing lights until
she got to her brother's
Morgan said she kept
driving because she did
not want her brother's
car impounded, and
thought police would not
back on his land.
While she did not stop,
she said she had driven
responsibly, slowing for
give way signs, indicating
at each turn and obeying
e court heard
that her endeavours
were all for nought,
though, because police
impounded the car and
it remains in the pound
A former Westland High School student
has used memories of being bullied as the
basis of her debut book, which has attracted
praise from a New York Times bestselling
American Aimee L Salter (nee Pruitt) lived
in Hokitika between 1981 and 1993, from
the age of ve to 17, but has since returned to
the United States. Her father was stationed
in Hokitika as a minister with the Church
Last year Ms Salter released her book
Breakable in which the teenage protagonist
su ers serious abuse at the hands of her
Ms Salter said she did not set out to write a
book about bullying, but applied some of her
own experiences to the book.
"Unfortunately, I was bullied at high school,
though I didn't know that was the name for
it back then.
" ere are many settings in the book that
are similar to my memories of the school
back then, and old friends who've picked it
up have commented that they can see WHS
(Westland High School) in the descriptions."
Ms Salter said she chose to write about
bullying to let young women know that
they did not need to feel isolated or have a
reduced perception of their own value.
Her book has won praise from the New
York Times bestselling author of the Losing
It series, Cora Carmack, who had been Ms
Salter's literary agent and supported her in
publishing the book independently.
" ere are books that entertain you, and
then there are the books that dust o the
cobwebs of some forgotten piece of yourself
and challenge you to think, to be brave, to
feel the things that normally you would
bury down deep. Breakable was one of those
books for me," Ms Carmack said.
"Every teenager no doubt wishes they had a
future self to guide them through the jungles
of high school ... is book is about so much
more than bullying."
e book can be bought on-line from
Amazon. Ms Salter said she was planning to
write a sequel.
Former Hokitika student's
bullying catalyst for book
A recent arrival on the West Coast was
warned in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday that his sixth disquali ed
driving conviction will probably result in
a home detention sentence.
Lewis Keith Barnett, 26, was remanded
for sentencing on March 4 after he
admitted a charge of driving while
disquali ed at Omarama, on December
9. e court heard that Barnett had been
disquali ed from driving inde nitely
when he appeared on his fth charge in
Tokaroa last April.
Home detention warning
A North Island engineering company is
eyeing up some large minerals permits on
the West Coast.
Stevenson Engineering has applied for
a prospecting permit covering 681 square
e company's website says it is Auckland's
leading provider of mechanical engineering
and maintenance ser vice, with over
100 sta .
Stevenson chief executive Mark Franklin
said there were two applications, which were
in line with the company's core business of
"moving dirt and mining".
"We want to have a look at it to make sure
we are not missing out on some opportunities
that might arise," Mr Franklin said.
e prospecting permit application
covers 68,1000ha south-east of Greymouth
and a large range of minerals including
gold, platinum group metals, copper,
iron and tungsten. It would last for two
e exploration permit covers 114ha
south-east of Reefton and only applies to
gold. It would last ve years.
e applications are currently being
processed by New Zealand Petroleum and
Mr Franklin said while Stevenson planned
to independently run its initial exploration
programmes, the company may look to
bring in other companies on the projects in
"Our model is really about working in
partnership with others. at would be the
next step: to see who was around and see if
anyone wanted to play with us."
Stevenson has two directors, Mr Franklin
and Michael Coleman.
ere has been a decline in minerals
applications lately due to a drop in the
gold price. However, a company is looking
at mining ilmenite at Barrytown and oil
wells are expected to be drilled at Kotuku
Engineering company eyes Coast minerals permits
Arrivals: Moon Shadow II, Cook
Canyon, elma C, one Greymouth
vessel. Departures: One Greymouth
vessel. In port: Cook Canyon,
Moon Shadow II, elma C, 15 other
vessels. Expected departures: Moon
Shadow II, Cook Canyon, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals; Jay Elaine, tomorrow;
Galatea, Monday; Ocean Odyssey,
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